After the finish of the French Championships, Alexis Gougeard was chosen to compete in the Tour de France. “Alexis has returned to his best level, which he confirmed after spending the day at the front of the race of the French Championships. This earned him the chance to return to the Tour de France. He has found an exceptional level of form. He is a great rider, able to be strong in the middle mountain stages, and he has an exceptional team spirit,” said Vincent Lavenu.
However, it has also been decided to replace Pierre Latour with Alexis Vuillermoz in the squad for the upcoming Tour de France: “After talking with Pierre Latour, we decided that it was more reasonable to replace him for the next Tour de France. He has been struggling since returning to the competition, and it would have been very risky to send him to a race like the Tour de France,” Vincent Lavenu explained.
ALEXIS GOUGEARD : "Extremely happy"
"Since the beginning of the season, I have proved that my condition is good. I am very happy to return to the Tour. I wanted to prove that I had my place.
I have great memories of my participation in the 2016 Tour where I worked very well with Romain. I have been frustrated not to participate in the last two editions, but I simply did not have a high enough level. I want to prove that the team has been right to choose me. That means I want to be an important asset for the stages in general, but also for the time trial.”
ALEXIS VUILLERMOZ : "Honored with this trust"
"After the Giro d'Italia, I started training quickly again. I did have being selected for the Tour team in mind, and I am very honored that the team trusts me. During the month of June, I re-found great sensations that I have not had for a long time in training. I am going to the start in order to work for the team to the maximum, and hopefully to take my chances when the opportunity arises.”
PIERRE LATOUR : "It's better like this"
"I'm not disappointed, it's better like this. I was not in a good enough condition during the Tour de Suisse, and that was confirmed today at the French Championships. At the Tour, I would not be worth anything to the team. This absence will allow me to continue training well with the goal to be better at the end of the season and the Vuelta.”
Medical report after the crash involving Gallopin, Cosnefroy and Paret-Peintre
“Tony Gallopin suffered ‘left elbow wounds that required stitches, but also multiple superficial wounds on the left side and a trauma to the left calf’.
Benoît Cosnefroy was taken care of by the medical service of the French Championship organizers, and suffers from ‘road rash of the right shoulder, elbow and hip.’ As for Aurélien Paret Paintre, he suffers from multiple areas of superficial road rash,” explained Dr. Eric Bouvat, medical director of the AG2R LA MONDIALE team.
Regarding the participation of Tony Gallopin and Benoît Cosnefroy in the Tour de France, a decision will be made in the coming hours.
Mathias Frank took third place in the Swiss Road Championships: "This race is always a lottery. It was very hot today and I am happy to have been in the game all day. This gives me confidence before the Tour de France.”